Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

February 28, 2011 09:30 ET

Social Housing in Central Region Undergoing Renovations and Retrofits

GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2011) - The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador today announced more than $1 million in equally cost-shared renovation and retrofit funding for 183 Newfoundland and Labrador social and community based housing units in the central region. This funding, which is part of the federal/provincial affordable housing investment announced in May 2009, is significantly extending the life of these homes. 

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); and the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, made the announcement today.

"The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed to the renovation and retrofitting of 183 homes," said Minister MacKay. "The renovations to the units are helping to provide quality, affordable housing for families and individuals in the central region, while also contributing to the economic and social well-being of communities throughout the province." 

"This work is part of a long-term comprehensive renovation and retrofit program, and thanks to our combined federal/provincial funding commitment, is helping ensure that we have affordable social housing that lasts well into the future," said Minister King. "Since April 2009 approximately 563 social or community-based housing properties have been renovated in the central region to date, under this program."

The funding was made available through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession. Overall, the Economic Action Plan includes $2 billion for the construction of new and the renovation of existing social housing, plus up to $2 billion in low-cost loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure. The federal and provincial governments are contributing equally to this overall investment of $58 million under the amended Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement. 

The Government of Canada wants to improve the quality of existing social housing for low-income seniors, single parent families, recent immigrants and Aboriginal households. Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $850 million under the Affordable Housing Initiative to provinces and territories for the renovation and retrofit of existing social housing.

The funding is being used for the replacement of exterior components such as roofing, siding, windows and doors, and interior components such as flooring, drywall, doors, cupboards, counters and fixtures such as tubs, sinks and showers.

As part of Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future, the provincial government is investing $27 million for housing infrastructure projects, affordable housing and increased maintenance funding over the coming fiscal year. This renovation and retrofit work is also in keeping with the goals of the provincial government's Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the housing circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities. A copy of the social housing plan is available at www.nlhc.nl.ca/SocialHsingPlan/report.pdf.

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on the Government of Canada's commitment in 2008 of more than $1.9 billion, over five years, to improve and build new affordable housing and help the homeless. More information on this and other measures in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government's plan to stimulate the economy and protect those hit hardest by the global recession, can be found at: www.actionplan.gc.ca

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan.

BACKGROUNDER

Renovation and Retrofit Projects – Central Region

Project Name Community Total Federal/Provincial Funding Units
CBH - Arnold's Cove Senior Citizens Arnold's Cove $40,000 20
CBH - Random Interfaith Senior Citizens Clarenville $44,000 16
NLHC - Country Road Fogo $18,500 1
CBH – Crossroads Gander $112,000 4
NLHC – Riverloop George's Point $23,000 2
CBH - Grand Falls Grand Falls - Windsor $150,000 20
NLHC - Hennessey, Edwards, Cater Grand Falls - Windsor $277,000 53
CBH - Harbour Breton Lions Seniors Harbour Breton $32,000 8
NLHC - Main Road Horwood $19,373 1
CBH - North Haven Manor-Central Health Lewisporte $50,000 10
CBH -Bay D'Espoir Seniors Care Milltown $65,000 12
CBH-Bonavista North Interfaith-Central East New Wes Valley - Badger's Quay $75,000 12
CBH - Sunset Village Housing Inc. Point Leamington $75,000 12
CBH - St. Catherine's Haven Inc. Port Union $44,000 12
       
Total $1,024,873 183

CBH denotes Community-Based Housing Projects

NLHC denotes NL Housing Public Rental Units

Contact Information

  • Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
    Bradley Power
    Director of Communications
    709-729-0753
    709-699-5707
    bradleypower@gov.nl.ca
    or
    Newfoundland Labrador Housing
    Jenny Bowring
    Communications Manager
    709-724-3055
    jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca
    or
    CMHC
    Katherine LeBlanc
    Communications and Marketing Consultant
    902-426-6581
    krleblan@cmhc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482